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  •  Mining reform (6+ / 0-)

    At present, gold mined from public lands pays ZERO in royalties.  Yeah, that's right --- nuthin'.  Ditto on copper, lithium, molybdenum, titanium, iron, silver, platinum, and so on.

    The law they still operate under, the 1872 Mining Act, was signed by Ulysses S. Grant.  It's purpose was to incentivize movement West.  It's beyond outdated.

    There's some billions to be had in that area.  Plus they should oughta take realistic bonds when they start mining, ahead of cleanup.  Save a lot of money later, in Superfund money, cleaning up what they left behind.  For that matter, we need to revive the Superfund fees that got repealed under Clinton/Gingrich.  Taxpayers have been picking up the tab in more recent years.  Some more billions to be had there, too.

    What do we make of the contrast between heroic teachers who stand up to a gunman and craven, feckless politicians who won’t stand up to the N.R.A.? -- Nicholas Kristof, NYT --

    by Land of Enchantment on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 12:13:01 PM PST

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